Just a few months into 2022, and hybrid work has arguably become the most popular trend to emerge from the evolving workplace.
Although some business leaders view this arrangement as a simple benefit add-on, it has quickly become the difference between retaining employees and losing top talent. In fact, a study from McKinsey showed that flexibility was the top reason for joining an organization.
But hybrid work has no one true definition — it can impact and improve various aspects of a company’s operations.
However, the goal of hybrid working means more than enhancing daily operations. It also ensures that the wellbeing and experience of employees is optimal.
For instance, some companies have adopted shorter meetings in order to give employees more time throughout the day, while others have gone further and embraced shorter workweeks to improve their staff’s work-life balance.
Not only does this give workers ample time to rest and reset for the upcoming work week, but it also allows them to tend to their personal responsibilities, such as caring for children and loved ones, exercising, self-care, and more.
In addition to the improvement that this type of arrangement can have on employees, company offices can also find a new purpose during this transition to hybrid work.
Instead of cubicle-filled offices with a gray palette, leaders can use employee suggestions to create a space that actually sees attendance. This can include building out collaborative and socialization spaces, private offices, on-site cafes that offer healthy lunches, napping pods, meditation rooms, and any other space that encourages better health for workers.
By doing so, hybrid workers might be more willing to come into the workspace throughout the week. Simultaneously, companies can take the money that would be put towards large office spaces and use it to improve workers’ home office environments.